Have a Cup of Fuel

AltFuelsLeadImage-150At Lafarge, Used K-Cups Pack a Second Life as an Alternative Fuel.

By Josie Smith

Lafarge Canada Inc. and Van Houtte Coffee Services Inc. have partnered to reduce the environmental footprint of both organizations by replacing a portion of Lafarge’s fossil fuel energy at the Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, cement plant with 70,000 lb. annually of used K-Cup coffee and tea packs.


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From Regulation to Innovation

InnovationLeadImage-150Using Monitoring Data to Transform Rules into Opportunities.

By Michael Corvese

Cement producers – especially those operating in the United States and Europe – are subject to a broad range of environmental regulation. In September 2015, U.S. cement producers will face a new series of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, which includes emissions limits and maximum achievable control technology (MACT) requirements, comes into effect.


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Automated Cement-Packaging Delivers Faster Speeds, Cleaner Operation

Haver RADIMAT5000By Mike Wilson, Carlos Schleske and Markus Lackman

While manual cement-packaging operations remain very common, more and more producers of cement, crushed stone and gravel as well as other cementitious materials are converting to fully automated packaging lines. The reasons include higher speeds, greater filling accuracy, cleaner bags, reduced labor requirements and more economical work environments.

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Surging Sustainability

Cement Sustainability Initiative Backs Responsible Sourcing Scheme  for Concrete.Cement Sustainability Initiative Backs Responsible Sourcing Scheme for Concrete.

By Mark S. Kuhar

Industry representatives from both the cement and concrete sectors recently met in Medellín, Colombia, to initiate the development of a responsible sourcing scheme (RSS) for concrete. The meeting was held during the International Concrete Sustainability Conference organized by the Ibero-American Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (FIHP) and the National Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA).

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